Understanding the legal challenges of global governance
Globalization is often seen as eroding state sovereignty because of overwhelming global market forces.
But Dr. Peer Zumbansen, Canada Research Chair in Transnational Economic Governance and Legal Theory, believes globalization should instead be seen as a starting point for studying how regulations are being transformed inside and outside nation-states.
Regulatory challenges are arising globally in areas such as human rights, security, environmental protection and poverty. Along with governments, a host of non-state actors are now involved in developing regulations to address these issues. In this context, the boundaries between legal and non-legal regulatory instruments begin to blur, which leads to far-reaching concerns about accountability and legitimacy.
Zumbansen draws on law, sociology, economics, geography and political science to address these regulatory challenges.
His research involves multiple collaborations with scholars in law and in other disciplines around North-America, Europe and the rest of the world.